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Which Side of the St. Croix River Crossing Debate Are You On?

After reading the two op-ed pieces about the St. Croix River Crossing Project let us know what you think of the debate in the comments below. Make sure to cast your vote in our poll.

The usual suspects in the debate about the St. Croix River Crossing Project have each taken their points of view to the op-ed pages of Capitol Hill’s publication, Roll Call.

Following a gathering at  Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) teamed up with Ryan Alexander, the president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, to express their concerns over the “extra-dosed” bridge, with this piece outlining their arguments against the proposed river crossing to Roll Call.

Today, Congressional supporters Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) fired back with a op-ed piece of their own expressing the .

McCollum and Alexander likened the project to Alaska’s infamous “bridge to nowhere” writing that “this boondoggle bridge may soon become a national symbol of excess at taxpayer expense in the coming election cycle.”

Bachmann, Kind, Duffy and Baldwin argue that Klobuchar’s bill, , is “absolutely necessary,” to address transportation and safety concerns for the area, and does "not spend a cent of new federal money."

Read the Bachmann, Kind, Duffy and Baldwin op-ed piece

Read the McCollum and Alexander op-ed piece

After reading the two op-ed pieces let us know what you think of the debate in the comments below, and make sure to cast your vote in our poll.

Old Mort February 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM
You know what? I don't think that anything we write in here will do even a little bit of good. Bachmann, Franken and Klobuchar will do exactly what they want. None of these clowns will get my vote again. $700,000,000.00 for a bridge between Stillwater and Houlton...what a bunch of crap.
Susan February 17, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Martin, sadly I agree with you. I do know one thing that Stillwater residents can do next week. On Tuesday night the city council will be voting to give more lobbying money in an effort to get this bridge passed in Congress. To date the city has spent $18,000 on a lobbyist (the mayor's neighbor), who claimed that he could not report anything to the city because it was some sort of a secret. The city also lost $40,000 in a botched attempt to funnel money into the group that the mayor co-chairs, to be spent on lobbying for this bridge. This is during a time when the city contends that it can not afford to fix the horrible condition of many of the residential roads, contribute a little money to a proposed dog park, or other things that might benefit the city's residents. Going to the meeting and showing your disapproval of a vote to dump more money into lobbying for this bridge would be a good start - tell them $58,000 is enough for one year!
Old Mort February 17, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Susan: The people of Stillwater are desperate. They are tired of the congestion from the commuters from Wisconsin and the people from inland Minnesota going through Stllwater on the weekends during the summer. Motorcycles tearing up the main street. Little do they know that everywhere in the twin cities people go through the same thing. Me, a Mahtomedite going to that meeting and voicing my opinion, I would most likely get lynched. Your city has been touting itself as a tourist town for decades. With that, everyone knows weekend traffic is going to happen. It's part of doing business as usual. I, like all the rest of the Stillwater population know a newer bridge has to happen. But please, not a $700,000,000.00 bridge like the one they are pushing for. Bachmann and Franken are looking for votes, Klobuchar just wants to help people regardless of the cost. I feel that a bridge costing less than half of what they are pushing for would solve the needs of both States.
Susan February 17, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Martin, I completely agree, and have amended my statement just a bit for other postings and emails to include a statement that says - regardless of what your feelings are about a big bridge, a small bridge, or no bridge, Stillwater needs to stop spending money on lobbyists, and start spending on practical things - like fixing roads!
Susan February 17, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Oh, and BTW I am from Stillwater, as are a lot of other people who are opposed to the $700 million dollar design...regardless of what the biased survey said!

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